Rev. Garner was ordained to the professional ministry I 1988 and has served as MCC clergy in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Fairfax, and Cape Town, South Africa. She was elected to the MCC Council of Elders in 1993. From 1998 through 2017, she was founder/convener of the MCC Conference for People of African Descent, Our Friends and Allies. Rev. Garner served as executive director of the Philadelphia Mayor’s Commission on Sexual Minorities; chaplain for The Burning Bush AIDS hospice; member of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations; member of Human Rights Campaign Religion and Faith Council; and much more. She was a founding co-chair of the National Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gays.